This study draws upon the whole community approach to building local community resilience. A whole community approach ensures essential community services, such a food distribution, relies upon diverse funding, resources and/or information networks. A whole community approach also enables citizens and communities to take an active role in preparedness while living their life within social norms. Such a commitment to preparedness provides an intrinsic framework for communities to be prepared for an unexpected interruption in food supply. Identifying existing communities and systems, such as urban farming, gleaning operations, and organizations that deliver food to vulnerable populations -- all of which already provide key capital or service during, or immediately following a disaster -- leverages a potential solution in a crisis. Such organizations strengthen social infrastructure, networks, and assets thereby validating and further enabling local action. By doing so, the whole community approach offers ways to build more effective social paths to societal “preparedness” in terms of safety and resilience.
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Prepared for FEMA Region 10
Resilience Institute Working Paper 2014_1
Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University
Paci-Green, Rebekah and Cornell, Jason, "Regional Market Research of Food Security and Regional Resilience: Whole Community Preparedness through Local Food Production and Distribution in Washington State" (2014). Environmental Studies. 29.